"The gender focus took on a playful edge in Julee in Drag by Jess T. Dugan. A part of Dugan's (Trans)Gender Series, drag king Julee squints into the camera, mustachioed and James Dean like, oozing a restrained swagger. From the artist's blog, photographer Dugan shares 'gender sometimes seems to me as a uniform, something malleable. The pictures of drag kings also sometimes seem that way: a hyper-caricaturized masculinity that individuals can put on and take off.'"
I am especially fond of the phrase "oozing a restrained swagger." I had never thought about it quite that way before, but I think it is an accurate description of Julee in this particular photograph.
Thanks to the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation for putting on such an amazing show and for publishing such an amazing journal!